More milk, lower prices

Tight global supply has been a key factor holding up world dairy prices.

8:55 AM  Improved weather will slightly boost milk production but hold back prices.

Young farmers watch farm burn

Tom Magill and Stella Bauer lost 150ha of pasture and 6km of fences to the Port Hills fires.

Black pastures are all that's left after the Port Hills fires swept through land leased by a young farming couple.

PGGW posts $16m profit

Tougher lamb and wool conditions have given PGG Wrightson shareholders much to think about.

PGGW has made a $16m after-tax profit in the first half of the financial year.

Sweet as? Not for Comvita

Comvita chief executive Scott Coulter is pinning faith on a joint venture with Chinese partners to boost sales.

Disappointing sales in China have led to a 6-month loss for the honey company.

Lotto won't solve farm woes

Be in to win, unless you are a loss making farmer.

What does a Lotto winning farmer do? Keep farming until the prize money's all gone.

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opinion

Don't get freaked by the eco

Phil Vine says it's funny how times change in New Zealand.

OPINION: Funny how, over time, crazy weird becomes the new normal.

Stop press, silage arrives

Louise Giltrap discovers hope in the middle of a drought as help arrives.

Lotto won't solve farm woes

D-day for paua harvest ban decision

Fieldays

Helping others, helping himself 

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardist David Horwood has overcome depression by turning his innovation ideas into reality.

 Award-winning inventor overcame depression by turning his ideas into reality.

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year winner  Paul Olsen from Manawatu.

Biggest and busiest

The National Fieldays has wrapped up one of its biggest and busiest events yet.

dairy

More milk, lower prices

Tight global supply has been a key factor holding up world dairy prices.

8:55 AM  Improved weather will slightly boost milk production but hold back prices.

Tauwhare movie stars in the making

Waikato school kids share big screen with their All Black hero.

Semi-retired farmer Barrie Smith thinks Fonterra is doing just fine, thank you very much.

Barrie talks back for Fonterra

Semi-retired farmer Barrie Smith has a few things he wants you to know.

advice

Feilding's town effluent goes on farms

Horizon's regional councillors in the environment committee, visit Feilding waste water plant. Hamish Waugh explains how ...

New irrigators to spread town effluent on farmland to meet resource consent.

Red tape hampers quake repairs

They're skilled fencers, ready to help. They just have to do another health and safety induction.

Helicopters with monsoon buckets fight the fire above Kennedys Reserve in Christchurch.

Total fire ban in Canterbury

The National Rural Fire Authority has issued a total fire ban for Canterbury.

aquaculture

MPI roadshow fails to hook crowds

Retired biologist John Leader talks to a MPI staff member at a drop-in session in Waikawa to tell the public about their ...

Marlborough Sounds residents to provide their own impact assessment of relocating salmon farms.

Total fire ban in Canterbury

The National Rural Fire Authority has issued a total fire ban for Canterbury.

Coastal uplift has caused a loss of habitat for juvenile paua.

Paua ban extended

Emergency closure of Kaikoura's paua fishery pushed out by nine months to help quake-battered stocks.

beef

Young farmers watch farm burn

Tom Magill and Stella Bauer lost 150ha of pasture and 6km of fences to the Port Hills fires.

Black pastures are all that's left after the Port Hills fires swept through land leased by a young farming couple.

Environment hot spots on farms

Identify environmental hot spots such as stock yards, offal holes and silage stacks, says Alan Campbell.

The current proposed scheme infrastructure takes water from the Waitaki River via the existing Morven Glenavy Irrigation ...

Clock ticking for Hunter Downs

The call is out for capital to get the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme off the ground.

Sheep

Young farmers watch farm burn

Tom Magill and Stella Bauer lost 150ha of pasture and 6km of fences to the Port Hills fires.

Black pastures are all that's left after the Port Hills fires swept through land leased by a young farming couple.

Dog trials tested by weather

"Dog trialing can be a great leveller."

It may still be summer but some Taranaki cows are already preparing for winter.

Cows already adding winter coat

Months ahead of schedule, some herds are already sporting warmer winter coats.

cropping

These guys know their onions

Supervisor Kitja Santanut oversees 19 workers from Thailand to harvest onion flower heads by hand in Marlborough.

9:43 AM  Man replaces machine for Marlborough onion harvest. Hell, even the bees help out.

Clock ticking for Hunter Downs

The call is out for capital to get the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme off the ground.

Motueka Valley's Laurie Jury with what could be his last tobacco crop.

Tobacco growing's last gasp

A Motueka tobacco grower reckons he's being shut down by legislation changes.

agribusiness

These guys know their onions

Supervisor Kitja Santanut oversees 19 workers from Thailand to harvest onion flower heads by hand in Marlborough.

9:43 AM  Man replaces machine for Marlborough onion harvest. Hell, even the bees help out.

PGGW posts $16m profit

PGGW has made a $16m after-tax profit in the first half of the financial year.

Tom Magill and Stella Bauer lost 150ha of pasture and 6km of fences to the Port Hills fires.

Young farmers watch farm burn

Black pastures are all that's left after the Port Hills fires swept through land leased by a young farming couple.

Discovery

Sharing the excitement of science

AgResearch scientist Louise Hennessy

A young scientist delights in passing on her passion for science to schoolchildren.

All aboard regulation train

Rob Mitchell talks to a straight-shooting scientist who realises that progress doesn't come without a certain amount of unhappiness.

Irina Boiarkina, of the University of Auckland, rock-climbing during a visit to Squamish, Canada.

Treasure in a mountain of data

Rob Mitchell talks to a scientist who loves solving mathematical problems.

rural women

High country farmers 'pushed back to the hills'

Around 170 people attended the field day at Simon and Lynda Harvey's property Glen Orkney, Awatere Valley.

The Marlborough region had lost 25,000ha of flat pastoral land in the past three decades due to land use changes as the traditional sheep farmer had been "pushed back to the hills".

Two women in young farmer final

Ellish Norrie and Megan Hands will be up against the men in the Tasman regional final of the Young Farmer of the Year.

A paddock full of scotch thistle at Kaihoka in Golden Bay.

Silent killers find new home

OPINION: No more blisters or chemicals, just a silent killer.

Video

Avoid Trump's 'Swedish terror' gaffe

OPINION: Don't be like Donald Trump. How you (and he) can distinguish rumour from fact and hoax from reality.

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